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Interview with Sara Womack, January 23, 2014

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:19 - Early days in the career

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Partial Transcript: Let me start off by asking you: when and why did you become a music teacher?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. Womack describes the unique experience of starting her career working at two schools - one with all white students, one with all black students. She talks about what was lacking in her undergraduate education and how she continued to further her education through her master’s and doctorate degrees.

Keywords: AMEA; Alabama Music Educators Association; B.S.; Bachelor of Music Education; Doctor of Education in Music Education; Greystone Elementary School; Hoover, Alabama; M.A.; Master of Educational Leadership; Master of Music Education; Orff Schulwerk; Ph.D.; UAB; UGA; University of Alabama at Birmingham; University of Georgia; high school band directors; middle school band directors; music specialists

00:04:23 - Highs and lows of teaching

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Partial Transcript: And you’ve been teaching eleven years. Why have you stayed in teaching?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. Womack talks about what has kept her in teaching as well as the aspects that cause others to leave. She talks about the pride she felt in seeing a student use extra music instruction as motivation to overcome learning struggles in another class. She talks about feeling hopeful for the future of music education in Alabama due to the current State Superintendent.

Keywords: AMEA; Alabama Music Educators Association; Alabama State Superintendent of Education; Dr. Thomas Bice; administration; motivating students; music enrichment

00:09:19 - Careers in education / professional development

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Partial Transcript: Have you ever thought about changing your career?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. Womack talks about the various roles in education she has considered as well as the importance of keeping things fresh in the classroom. She talks about the importance of having a strong work ethic as well as mentorship among teachers. She talks about the benefit for teachers in continuing to learn more about their profession. She talks about being mindful of the impact a teacher has on any given student.

Keywords: African music; Doctor of Education in Music Education; M.A.; Master of Education Leadership; Ph.D.; UAB; University of Alabama at Birmingham; Veteran’s Day music programs; administration; applied professors; arts supervisors; assistant principal; band director; bluegrass; high school; mentorship; middle school